Sorrowful reader, here is happiness. “Men shall be blessed in Him,” said the Psalmist, when speaking of the Messiah. The fountain of human happiness was unsealed when Christ was born! “Behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy!” said the angel; “for unto you is born this day a Savior, who is Christ, the Lord!” This message was dictated by him who made the heart, and knows what is fitted to give it joy. The Gospel addresses us not simply as sinful—but as miserable.
God invites us to come and be made happy. He meets the natural cry of misery, and the weary and undefined cravings of the unsatisfied spirit. His loudest and most general invitations, both in the Old and New Testament, are all addressed primarily, not to the moral feelings, but to the natural feelings—to the sense of misery and the desire of happiness. “Come, everyone who is thirsty, come to the waters; and you without money, come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost! Why do you spend money on what is not food, and your wages on what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and you will enjoy the choicest of foods.” (Isaiah 55:1-2)
By John Angell James, www.gracegems.org.